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From David Attenborough to Shakespeare: BBC unveils Bitesize plans for June and July

The BBC has unveiled details of its educational programming for the second half of the summer term for pupils in years 1 to 10, including specific themed weeks.

Themes range from William Shakespeare and practical science to dinosaurs and sports.

Content includes an exploration of the life and work of William Shakespeare during Shakespeare Fortnight, which runs from June 15 to 26 in partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Over the course of the two weeks, the Bitesize daily television programme – available on BBC iPlayer and Red Button – will see famous faces read adapted Shakespeare extracts for the daily Book Club (primary) and Big Read (secondary).

Actors appearing include Martin Freeman as well as RSC regulars Niamh Cusack, Bally Gill, Natalie Simpson and Jamie Wilkes.

There will also be a range of online lessons made in partnership with the RSC. All lessons will use Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth as the lead texts.

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